News Media and Public Information

Requesting Public Records: Requests to the Florida Supreme Court for official public records should be made in writing pursuant to Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420 to Rule 2.420 is the judicial counterpart to Florida's public records statutes, Chapter 119. Court documents filed earlier than February 1, 2015, may be available only from the Florida State Library & Archives under state records laws and rules. Emails that contain links or attached files may be diverted and delayed for security checks due to an increase in the number of malicious phishing attempts.

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Advisory Opinions to the Governor

Under the Florida Constitution, the Governor may request a written opinion from the Florida Supreme Court on certain legal issues. This page includes a list of requests since 1989.

Statewide Grand Jury

For good an sufficient reason, the Governor may petition the Florida Supreme Court to impanel a statewide grand jury to investigate crimes or wrongs of a multicircuit nature.

High Profile Cases

High Profile Cases are cases with high public interest. Follow us on Twitter to receive notifications of filings in these cases.

Recent Postings (Twitter)

The Public Information Office uses Twitter to push out information about high profile case filings, opinions, emergency information, and official court business.

Press Information

This general need-to-know information for the press includes attending oral arguments, videotaping, satellite downlink, court broadcasts, and more.

Press Releases

Press Releases dating back to 2005 are found on this page.

Case Summaries & Schedule

Summaries of oral argument cases are written to assist the press and public. They are typically posted Friday afternoon before oral argument week.

Judicial Discipline (JQC) Cases

A listing of pending Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) cases involving alleged misconduct by Florida state judges or involuntary retirement of a state judge due to serious illness. 

Death Warrant Cases

This page lists the most recent death warrants signed by the Governor and the related cases. You can learn more about inmates at the Department of Corrections Website, which includes a Death Row Fact Sheet.

Court News

News and information about the Florida Supreme Court. Additional information and brief write-ups about newsworthy events happening in and around the Florida court system is available on the State Courts Court News website.

Certification of Need for New Judges

Each year the Supreme Court issues its opinion certifying the need for new judges throughout the State of Florida, an annual requirement imposed upon the Court by the state Constitution.

Yearly Court Schedule

The court schedule includes oral argument weeks, court holidays, and dates of other court events. 

Reports on Privacy, Access & Court Records

Reports on Privacy, Access & Court Records

Reports & Studies

Official reports of the Florida Supreme Court are located on this page. The range of reports and studies include jury service, gender bias, racial & ethnic bias, workload study, guardianship monitoring, judicial branch governance, and more.

Florida's Court Structure

Learn about the structure of the state's highest court and Florida's court system.

Publications & Statistics

Florida's judicial branch publishes statistical information, such as caseload data, judicial certification data, and jury management statistics and publications including annual reports, long-range and communication plans, and an official newsletter.

Reporters Handbook

Authored by the Media & Communications Law Committee of The Florida Bar, the handbook serves as a resource guide for members of the media about topics in the legal profession. You will be redirected to The Florida Bar website.

Talking with Justices

Ethics rules governing judges forbid the Justices and their legal staffs to talk with anyone about pending cases or to explain or elaborate upon an opinion the Court has issued. Read more to understand why.

How the Court Operates

Resources include the Internal Operations Manual, the Operation and Jurisdiction of the Florida Supreme Court publication, and links to Florida Rules of Procedure.

Requesting Public Records

This page includes information about requesting official public records.